luftmentsh, luftmentsch, luft-mentsh
- "an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income" (Merriam-Webster)
- "'Yiddish teacher' is a luftmentsh job," said the Yiddish professor.
Languages of Origin
לופֿטמענטש luftmentsh 'lit. man of the air, a person without a definite occupation or practical skills'
Who Uses This
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Plural luftmentschen / luftmentshn
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